[Willersley Castle] "Entering
the grounds close to Scarthin Nick, we follow the path at the
base of the limestone cliff, here close upon 200 feet high.
The castle stands upon the north bank of the Derwent..."
Willersley Castle itself is on the opposite bank of the river
and is not part of this tranquil scene although the view shows
some of the castle's grounds. St. Mary's chapel, built by Arkwright,
is in the centre of the painting. To the left is the old bridge,
one of the early County Bridges that spanned the River Derwent.
The artist's wife, Julia, is sitting on a bench underneath
the high cliff. She could be looking at the the castle or she
is possibly talking to the couple's two children who are standing
on the path, facing their mother. The bright red of her skirt
is something Cubley often included in his work.
Willersley Castle Images
can be found under Matlock. Click here to
link to nineteenth century images or here to
link to 20th century images.
Read an interesting inscription
carved on the bridge: Matlock